Harry Callahan

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Aperture Foundation, Incorporated, 1999 - Photography - 95 pages
Harry Callahan, known for his bold exploration of quotidian details and his innovative use of the abstract in photography, has created a career that spans many eras and lives. From his extended portrait of his wife, Eleanor, to his formal studies of architectural structures and his observation of abstract expressionist line in natural forms, Callahan's remarkable work has been central to the development of American photography. The influence of his labors is easily recognized in the work of many disparate genres of visual art. His photographic legacy continues on not only in the vibrancy of his own images, but in the unparalleled inspiration his teaching has brought to many.

Aperture's Masters of Photography series presents Callahan's most vital and lasting images, in addition to a number of photographs that have never been published before. The accompanying essay by Jonathan Williams, poet, essayist, and the publisher of Jargon Society books, provides a unique textual complement to the subtlety of Callahan's work and vision.

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About the author (1999)

Harry Callahan was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1912. A self-taught photographer, Callahan began his career at twenty-six and immediately earned artistic credibility that continues to thrive today. His tenure at Chicago's Institute of Design (1946-64) and later, the Rhode Island School of Design (1961-77), helped to establish the study and practice of photography as a formal academic discipline in the United States. Callahan has been awarded a grant from the John Solomon Guggenheim Foundation, the Graham Foundation Award for advanced studies in fine arts, and the National Medal of Arts.

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